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could be here. he is a deficit hawk. more important than that he is a thoughtful and conscious -- voice of a conscious for the senate throughout his term on fiscal responsibility. we worked together in a very effective way to try to bring some sort of bipartisan effort into the requirement that we do something about the debt. it was really, as was mentioned, an idea that we came up with on a long plane ride i think to central america to put together a commission that then threw into the simpson bowls proposal that has become the defining memo for the effort to try to get that is under control. bob zoellick is fond of quoting a friend of his, the foreign minister of australia. we met a few months ago who said to him the united states is one debt deal away from leading the world out of fiscal chaos and disruption. we are. we truly are. we are a nation on the brink of massive economic expansion. from the place that can't is from, north dakota, you see the change in the paradigm on energy. we will go from importing country to an exporting country. our cost of energy for as far as i can see
in nearly the past three years, and the whole fiasco added to the deficit. host: after the news conference yesterday, house speaker john boehner responded with this statement -- " what are your thoughts on this? if the debt ceiling negotiable. some quick comments -- remember, you can post your comments on twitter. the first phone call is from maryland, a democratic caller, jill. caller: i don't believe the debt ceiling is negotiable. it is kind of ridiculous that the money is already owed, so why are we not going to pay what is owed to other people? if people have made investments, the bills have to be paid. i find it ridiculous that people in congress don't want to pay what is already owed. it does not make sense. host: here is the wall street journal this morning. caller: well, if you're asking me if that's true, i think there definitely needs to be somewhat of a compromise as far as spending cuts, but that is not an easy issue, because spending cuts mean job losses. it's not an easy thing to say a president will say we will stop paying the bills too. so there has to be compromised rehab
. this would give the right signals on energy sources and use. it could raise money to reduce the deficit, restore our infrastructure, speed and finance conservation. there are a number of other commonsense steps that would make progress on carbon pollution and energy conservation goals more significant. the epa should stop dragging its feet permitting old coal plants to continue to spew forth toxic waste, harming the environment and the health of our citizens. it is past time the clean air act reinforced. make sure there are proper safeguards for the cracking technology. make sure this reservoir of inexpensive gas does not undercut the addition of renewables to our energy portfolio. solar, wind, geothermal. dership on these technologies for a balanced energy portfolio and ultimately to reduce our carbon footprint. at each step, we should be looking to enhance energy conservation, because the cheapest kilowatt hour is one that you don't have to generate. we should have a 10-year glide path in support of renewable energy. the wind energy industry has already signaled its reaccept tift just
for india, given that the country is running something in the range of 4% gdp deficit. the financing of that deficit needs to be on on an orderly basis, whether it's through fdi. the indian authorities are in a point where they simply have no other choice but to become more amenable towards foreign investment. and here, india stands somewhat at a contrast to the rest of the em world, if you think of countries like india or brazil or turkey, how do manage that, how to do that on an orderly basis. in contrast to that, india has been too slow and now their back is against the wall to maintain stable macro environment, they need more flows and therefore, i think the market seems to be comfortable in thinking india has no choice but to remain open for business in a big way. >> you mentioned about two minutes ago rather more foreign investment becoming more amenable to this. i think those were your words. which would be the next sectors or the next stores which would have an interest in doing this? >> there's a host of things going on right now. the authorities have a series of reform sect
the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. but we reject the belief that america must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. (cheers and applause) >> pelley: we people, the first three words of the pre-amble of the constitution, the president repeated it again and again throughout the speech, a speech about national unity and unity of person. norah o'donnell and john dickerson are down there on the national mall. they've been watching these events unfold all day. john, the president has quite a task ahead of im. how does he proceed politically? >> well, he proceeds the next big moment is the state of the union and that's where he will get even more detailed. as bob mentioned, this did have a state of the union like feel to it as he ticked off those agenda items. but he'll get more specific about agenda items, he'll put pressure on congress and the big thing, though, is while we think about his agenda for the future, he's still dealing with the business of the past an
make the choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. but we reject the belief america must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its futur future. >> the commits we make with medicare and social security, these things do not sap our nation, they strengthen us. they do not make us a nation of takers, they free us to take the risks that make this country great. >> wow, look at the crowd. this is a full bar the day after all the natural balls. i'm not sure what's going on here. that was president obama yesterday using his second natural address to preview his aggressive agenda with a focus on immigration reform, gay rights and climate control. organizers estimate as many as 1 million people filled the national mall. as the commander in chief exited the stage, he paused to savor the moment. the tradition of natural balls continued into the night. they attended 10 natural balls last night that went quite late and the first lady holding just two, the lowest since the eisenhower admi
political divisions in this country. there's vast support out there for balanced deficit reduction investments in education and manufacturing, immigration reform, gun safety. so on the issues the president intends to really push and focus on, there's massive support in the country even among republicans. let's not lose sight of that, and that's why we're going to do a better job in the second term-- while we're going to do all we can to work with congress and negotiate, to also make sure the american people are connected to what's going on here. i think to really get the kind of change here in washington the american people are going to demand it. but there is really, i think consensus around eye lot of the issues around the country >> what about the idea the republicans have said they will go along with the three-month extension on the debt ceiling increase? are you going to be-- does that help? >> well, it's helpful that they have now dropped their demand, that the only way they're going to pay the country's billes, they themselves racked up, would be to extract some concessions.
, as we mentioned earlier, getting the deficit on a sustainable path, trying to accomplish some of his investment agenda. obviously guns are going to be a part of the agenda. right now the main thing is to kind of stick at that visionary level. >> chuck, the president had a pretty good day for his first term on friday before it even started when republicans said they would break that principle of not raising the debt limit unless they had dollar for dollar spending cuts. tell me what you think that means for the resolution of the debt limit fight, which republicans are going to put that proposal on the floor on wednesday, and the president's prospect for resolving what has looked like an excruciating fight. >> it will certainly give us a nice market backdrop which is a nice thing to start off the administration's second term. i guess add 60% gain in the dow the first three years and 10% in the second -- in the last year, but i think that really what that means is that we have a good start, but it's all designed on the republican side to try to compel the democrats to come forward with
and dignity. we must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit area but we reject the belief that america must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. [cheers] [applause] we remember the lessons of our past. twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability have nowhere to turn. we do not believe that in this country that freedom is reserved for the lucky or happiness for the few. we recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, they may face a job loss or sudden illness or a home swept away in a terrible storm. the commitments we make to each other through medicare and medicaid and social security, these things strengthen us. [cheers] [applause] they do not make us a nation of takers. they free us to take the risks that make this country great. [cheers] [applause] we, the people, still believe that our obligations as americans are not just to ourselves, but to all prosperity we will respond to the
a 17 point deficit to earn a spot in the super bowl. >>> enjoy plenty of sunshine coming our way, but the major changes in the not too distant too much. >>> and heading south of gill roy, we're following a pretty bad accident. much more on this plus the rest of your morning driving coming up. >>> i'm michelle griego. >> i'm frank mallicoat it is 5 on this martin luther king day. and the 49ers of course, are heading off to the super bowl for the first time in nearly two decades. we're going to have much more on what's being dubbed the har bowl in just a couple of minutes. >>> inaugural ceremonies are about to get underway at the nation's capitol. they will honor civil rights leader martin luther king, the same day they celebrate the inauguration of the first african-american president to his second term and we will take a live look at the crowds gathering, about 900,000 people are expected to witness president obama recite the oath of office and here is the live look. there are a lot of people crowded there. susan mcginnis joins us live from w
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, mentioning some of the issues he wants to tackle. gun control, deficit reduction. as you said, waiting on the big details until the state of the union address. neil: you mentioned finding common ground. we may have gotten a hint on that when republicans said they would look at eight debt ceiling it ascension back ago, probably, three months. what do you make of that? don: they would be blamed, roundly, thoroughly if the country went into some kind of default. the strategy, as you have been reporting, has been to try to take this issue off the table and then fight the battle over spending cuts when you have a sequestration cuts scheduled to start march 1. the current resolution running the government also running out into her three months from now. as well as, the debt ceiling having to be raised yet again. republicans hope this is when they will be able to get the leverage to push spending cuts and entitlement reform. neil: you know, peter, what we look at -- how does that decide? there is a protocol. sitting in and around that i see ron emanuel sitting close to president clinton, how
trillion of deficit reduction. lowered the deficit to 1.4% of gdp in 2022, stabilize the debt by 2015. it even further reduced discretionary spending. it builds on health reform savings and called for social security reform, and provided specific things to do to get social security solvent for the next 75 years here and also include fundamental tax reform that raise revenue. and raised quite a bit of revenue, 2.4 trillion of that 5.4 trillion would have been revenue, but revenue not required raising rates, but revenue that would come through reforming the tax code, reducing preferences, exclusions that are shot through the tax code, to actually be able to reduce rates and raise additional revenue. for anybody that wanted can you really do that, remember tax expenditures are running $1.2 trillion a year. we are spending more for the tax code than we are through all of the appropriate accounts of the federal government. this is what happens to the deficit in the share of gdp under the fiscal commission plan. you can see a dramatic improvement. the fiscal cliff plan, and what was just ad
at the biggest issue that we face of this era, it's the deficit. it's the trillion dollars of debt and the president didn't really talk about that. he talked about, we're not a nation of takers but that we've become a nation of debtors. >> the president clearly is a smart man, a smart politician. he's also a writer, a thoughtful person. if that is the speech, if the speech as ari described, why would he decide to give that speech? what's the political goal? >> this is the last time he's getting sworn in as president of the united states. that's why. i think it's martin luther king day. martin luther king was courageous. martin made this point earlier that perhaps the president had some sense of guilt about not doing gun control and that it took newtown to get him to do that and so this is the speech you get to give once and i think there may have been a sense he wanted to be aggressive because he could and because he had to set out what he believes he said, i'm not going to get all of it, don't let the perfect -- nothing can be perfect. but i do believe he decided, why not, be esse
for another four more years? >> bob: they did. >> dana: one part talked about the deficit. listen to that sound and get kimberly's reaction. >> we, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. we must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of healthcare. and the size of our deficit. but we reject the belief that america must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the general haitian that will build this future. >> dana: kimberly, by suggesting they reject it, must mean somebody is proposing not taking care of the previous generation or the future generation. when some on the obama team say they are surprised that team sounded divisive for a lot of people. pundits but across the board, politico, et cetera. it must mean that somebody disagrees with it. i don't think that is what they were necessarily going for in this speech. >> kimberly: but that is how it came across. he is selling a clear line and it's continuing to be the shades of demonizing the right and the republicans that that is
to overload the agenda but in addition everything he wants to do and obviously the debt and deficit he will have several battles with congress over that but gun control, he will try to take advantage newtown has happened and perhaps caused a tippingpoint in public attitudes and he will push that very aggressively. shepard: senator chuck schumer, the chairman of joint congressional committee of presidential ceremonies with opening remarks. >> welcome to the capitol and this celebration of our great democracy. now this -- [cheers and applause] this is the 57th inauguration of an american president and no matter how many times one witnesses this event, its simplicity, its inate majesty and most of all its meaning, that say yesterday, yet cautious trusting of power from wee we the people to our chosen leader never fails to make our heart beat faster as it will today with the inauguration of president barack h. obama!. [applause] now we know that we would not be here today were it not for those who stand guard around the world to preserve our freedom. to those in our armed forces, we offer
of our deficit of we do not want it to make the choice of caring for the generation that the share of the country and the generation that will shape this country. >> also address - climate change and equal pay for women. joining us now, kron-4's political analyst micahel yaki. any surprises? >> it was a very bipartisan tone. and your thinking they just have an aggressive agenda. and the young, the u.s., the drive, he was reaching out to them picking up some of the other categories >> mammal he also talked about some " we the people. this new grass-roots advocacy program they are using the same techniques citizens that need it is number one, the gun control legislation. the congressional people's attention and getting it into their faces. >> and also to the gay community and talking about the fourth there has been a lot of criticism. there has not been enough about the war but there is some >> there is some that he sees in his addressing the poor. and that he uses the bible from martin luther king jr.. for the assassination he was moving in the area of not just civil rights with soc
-or-no. >> no risk. >> the debt ceiling was raised in august the political fight in the spot lighted on the deficit and debt problems less s&p to downgrade the u.s. credit rating for the first time in history. >> geithner steered the major economic moves in the first term and now he is stepping down. president obama's pick to replace him is jack lew, who has established a close relationship with the president. lew is not is chummy with republicans on the hill after the debt ceiling negotiation back in 2011. for that reason and others, his confirmation hearing could be bumpy. if confirmed, he will be dealing with the top issue in this second term, how to get the economy moving and addressing the country's long term fiscal problems. >> this is a president that is forced to grapple with the budget woes, with the economy that cannot get over the hump. it will consume most of his time, i believe, in the second term. >> what he cannot do going into the term is go from economic crisis to economic crisis. that is not leadership. he has to figure out how to address this in ay way. our health care reform can
, immigration reform, and deficit reduction. >> monday happens to be a federal holiday in the u.s.. >> what is memorable about this inauguration, it comes on martin luther king's birthday, the holiday we celebrate. he's using martin luther king jr.'s bible. he has got to take off from his great speech, i have a dream, back in 1963. and remember, martin luther king's dream did not only include ending segregation. it included ending needless wars, fighting poverty, and making america a more equal country. barack obama, tell us what your dream is for the second term and once that is over, once you have inspired us, go about the hard work of implementing that dream. it is a dream speech i am looking for. >> angela merkle. but the omens are not good. her coalition has just lost a regional election that was widely viewed as a test of public opinion. >> at first, it looked like the german chancellor's party would win. when the final ballots were counted, it became clear the democrats were on their way out. the results show the coalition of angela merkle's party or one seat behind the opposition. t
, dealing with infrastructure challenges and budget deficits. and we need to expand our tax base, and we need to take advantage of what's happening right now. >> reporter: exactly how we take advantage is ripe for debate, but most agree better education and visas for the scientists we train in the u.s. is a good start. and remember what i.b.m.'s myerson said about continuity-- it's just as important to a >> the moment you believe there is no danger of losing your edge is when it disappears on you. >> reporter: suzanne pratt, "n.b.r.," at the watson research center. >> susie: the u.s. needs to make structural changes to restore its competitiveness. that's the main conclusion of an extensive study on american competitiveness by harvard business school professor michael porter. when i talked with him, we began our conversation by discussing why competitiveness matters for the u.s. economy. competitiveness is the coexistence of two things: one is a business environment in the united states that allows companies based here to compete successfully in the global economy but while maintaining or
budget deficit and debt, the committee sees that the budget deficit will continue to decline over the next two years. but we do not characterize the debt and deficit at unsustainably high levels. we do think the deficit is reduced to $925 billion in 2013 and narrowed further, to $728 billion in 2014. that is down from $1.1 trillion last year. that gives you an overview of the committee consensus opinion and i would be happy to answer any additional questions you might how about the committee's outlook. i will be happy to entertain other questions as well. yes? >> just to clarify a little bit on the gdp dragon on the tax hike, was that on the payroll and income tax increases? >> that is correct. >> the 1.25% dragon, was out for the whole year? -- the 1.25% drag, was that for the whole year? >> we think it will be for the whole year of fiscal 2013. >> with the labour market and some improvement on as quick as it was, without just -- there was some sentiment that it might be slowing down. >> we are seeing drags on consumer spending, but also from the ongoing recession in europe and j
it. gun safety, immigration reform. deficit reduction and those looming spending cuts that are a part of the sequestration. so that's lot before the president. but as major has noted this is a speech today that's not about specifics, but setting the tone and trying in some ways to push the reset button. >> thank you very much. the president and the first family are back at the white house this morning, but they started their day right across the street from the white house at st. john's episcopal church where our wyatt andrews is standing by this morning. >> scott, good morning. every president since franklin roosevelt, that's 80 years, has begun inauguration day here at st. john's church. the president arrived early this morning with the first lady, daughters malia and sasha, and the family of vice president biden. they came to a 50-minute prayer service. attended also by about 600 members of the parish and congregation. they also got some news when they heard that their reverend will be giving the benediction. the previous one had withdrawn after he gave an anti-gay sermon 20 years
high. sweeping change to gun control. immigration reform. taking on climate change. cutting the deficit. and oh, yeah, lowering unemployment. make no mistake about it. it's ambitious. but the president is entering his second term with a job approval among the highest since the early months of his presidency. his favorability rating has jumped nine point ins the last three months. at the very same time, the other side is fractured. destroying themselves. they're even threatening impeachment over the issue. we want all tools available to use including impeachment. >> could that build up to make a case for possible impeachment. >> all options should be on the table, undoubtly. >> and if that weren't enough, they're back. that's right, the birther brigade is stronger than ever. 64% of americans think president obama is hiding important information about his early life. 64%. no wonder the gop is going off the deep end. and no wonder the president is looking better than ever joining me now, jonathan kapart. thanks for coming on the show tonight. >> 64% is questioned about the president's earl
. >> reporter: the president urged action on the deficit and global warming and keeping kids safe. >> we reject the belief america must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation who will build its futu future. >> reporter: we can, he said, find a way. >> my fellow americans, we are made for this moment and we will see so long as we see this together. >> reporter: many who came were moved. >> hopefully it's kicking off a great second term and a new direction for the country. >> it's great and seeing all the fellowship. >> reporter: so much to see and hear. beyonce's national anthem. ♪ gave proof through the night >> reporter: the inaugural parade was a pageant, a kaleidoscope of colorful floats and talented bands. and leading the way were the obamas who walked part of the way to the white house for a second term. senior republicans say they hope president obama has opened the door today to more cooperation on capitol hill. live from the white house, i'm steve handelsman, nbc bay area news. >>> okay, steve, thank you. our political analyst
the legislation that gets through, it will have to be deficits. nixon in china. who can reform entitlements but a democratic president. he is starting where he is. he is starting with the bases. he is not a progressive as a centrist. he is doubling down as a progressive. that is where he is. if he is going on move to the center, maybe that happens later. he won't pretend to be there from the start. >> part of the reason he doesn't have to do what they would have preferred him do, make the case about the economy is because he is a person who fixed the economy. it was the republican party unfortunately, their stewardship that led to the crash. he saved us from the great depression. i don't think he has to give a speech about how much he cares about the economy. he fixed it. he saved it. now he's saying we're going to keep doing that. let's make sure it includes everybody. that's liberty and justice for all. >> i'll get you a banner that says mission accomplished. you can hang that up there. >> i've got an old one. >> margaret hoover, alex, van jones, thank you very much. our live coverage of
the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit, but we reject the belief america has to choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. >> like every president since fdr, mr. obama started it with a prayer service at st. johns church before departing the white house for one of the longest motorcades known to man for the ride to the capitol. ♪ oh beautiful >> a star-studded affair where else will paul ryan mingle with beyonce who belted out the national anthem. when the ceremony was over, there was a sed di stream of pomp and circumstance waiting. >> secretary of state, -- >> from signing papers to lunch with congressional leaders, and then, of course, the parade. the first family could make their way back to the white house in that grand bullet proof review stand. all of that could wait because before leaving the west front. capitol, the president decided to go off self-incriminate and take in the vista of the national mall. mr. obama also seemed to be taking in the moment, over
overcame an early 1- 0 deficit and beat the flames 4- 1. they play edmonton tomorrow and have their home opener on thursday. >>> play of the day, why not, frank gore, a couple of touchdowns and this one simple but it gave the 9ers the lead in the game after going down big time until the first half. they went onto beat atlanta and face the ravens in the super bowl february 3rd and better yet, we'll be remining you. it's on cbs 5 -- reminding you. it's on cbs 5 by the way,. >> that will be the holiday in a couple weeks. >>> the nation's capitol is a buzz this morning. >> the 57th presidential inauguration. we're going to check in with christin ayers who's live on the mall in washington dc when he we come back. >>> the 49ers are headed to the super bowl, fans are counting down the days to new orleans. we'll show you celebrations that went on in the bay and the last time our team played in the big game. >>> you're watching cbs 5 eyewitness news this morning. >>> good morning everyone. it's monday issue, january 21 january 21st, i'm michelle griego. >> i'm
control on the budget? on the deficit? >> let me say two things that he can do. i got interrupted for miss alicia keys. i'm sorry. >> today is an incredible day. and you can feel the energy everywhere that you go. in so many ways, every day is a new day. and a new chance. a new chance to be our best. to serve our highest purpose. yeah. so i'm going to need your help tonight because i'm up here all by myself. i just wanted it to be me and you. so help me celebrate this most momentous day. i'll tell you what to do. i need you to say -- ♪ ♪ people say eh ♪ ♪ it's a new day ♪ it's a new day ♪ getting ready, everybody ready ♪ ♪ eh oh, a new day ♪ a new day ♪ celebrate and say eh, eh ♪ celebrate and say eh ♪ yeah because he's president and he's on fire. hotter than a fab as they like a highway ♪ ♪ he's living in a world and it's on fire filled with catastrophe ♪ ♪ he has both feet on the ground and he's burning it down ♪ ♪ oh, oh got his head in the crowds and he's not breaking down ♪ ♪ he's walking on fire ♪ obama's on fire ♪ watch him as he's lightin
our debt to g.d.p., our deficit to g.d.p. down around 3%, which is the basis of all economists left, right and center all agree on the areas we can begin to grow as a country. and as my grandfather used to say with grace of god and goodwill of the neighbors, cooler heads will prevail now between now and the time we deal with the debt ceiling and we may meet the goal which we set out to do, which is to have roughly a $4 trillion cut over 10 years in the long-term deficit and to put us on that path. but i didn't come here to talk about any of those important subjects today, because as important as they all are today we have a more urgent and immediate call and that is how to deal with the epidemic of gun violence in america. you all know the statistics better than anyone so i'm not going to repeat them. on that score, i owe an incredible debt of gratitude to you at the head table and those of you in the room. i know we don't have unanimity in this ballroom nor do we in any ballroom, but we all acknowledge that we have to do something. we have to act. and i hope we all agree, there is
, of course, paul krugman reiterated that deficits are actually not bad, especially when you're in a recessionary environment and that we've actually cut a lot out of the spending. but my concern in all this, while $2.4 trillion is a lot of money to cut over ten years, i'm still concerned about the absolute amount of the debt outstanding which is $16.4 trillion because we've been getting a big break in recent years because the fed has kept interest rates so low. when those interest rates start ticking up, as they would when they end their quaun at this taf easing program and as they would if we don't get the debt ceiling raised, then that cost of interest expense is going to go through the roof. we could be spending as much as $500 billion a year on interest expense alone and that is not a good thing. >> all right. nbc's luke russert and bill cohen -- william cohen, sorry. thank you so much for joining me. >>> next, we'll go to the bous for all of the last-minute detai details. for you... ♪white house for all of the last-minute details. inging the heartburn blues. hold on,
from the park. we sat at the counter and had a ham and cheese sandwich. the deficit let's walk back to the hotel, about to return miles we did. we walked back here. by this time it was good to be either to:00 at night and said i would pick him up in the morning and taken to the airport, which said it. i knew the flight. we got out that the airport. he did something which was very curious. it was with the minister had done with him. that is, just before he went tour is planned he turned around , put his suitcase down and threw his arms around me and give me a hug. it was a wonderful bond. the other story, to tell you is a very grim story. the most difficult part of the story is that we in the embassy been nothing about it. it turned out the ambassador did know anything about it. if we believe in civilian control the military is a heavy tank. the head to of supervised the creation of a new american cultural center not too far -- on the other side, just a block down from the hotel. so we had bought up this big old palace. we were turning it into a culture center. clinical trial an atta
and deficit. >> that is absolutely true, these will be two big issues. on the gun-control issue, but no one is talking about taking everyone's guns away. they are talking about sensible, common-sense measures to prevent some of the tragic incidents we have seen recently, in newtown, aurora, colorado. i think there will be time to get into the thick of these issues after tomorrow, but tomorrow will be a chance for the president, really, to bring the country together and say we need to reach common ground on some of the major problem we face. >> you were inside the bush white house. the president put on the table two big domestic agenda items, immigration reform, primarily because his own party said no, and social security reform. >>what advice would you give president obama, based on the lessons that you saw firsthand with president bush? >> the advice i would give to him is you cannot go wrong by doing what you promised you would do, by pressing the agenda and you promised the voters you promised you would press, and you have to be willing to face the consequences. when president bush was r
health care, financial reform, deficits and spending and more. the man they came to see began his day with a morning prayer service at st. john's episcopal, near the white house and often called the church of the presidents. he was joined by first lady michelle obama and their daughters malia and sasha as well as vice president biden, his wife jill and members of their family. afterward at the white house, they hosted a bipartisan group of congressional leaders for coffee and then the president began the drive down pennsylvania avenue. all the while lawmakers, other dignitaries and celebrities filled the seats on the west front of the capital. they included former presidents jimmy carter and his wife rosalyn and bill clinton accompanied by his wife, outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton. and then the formal entrances. the obama daughters were introduced to the crowd along with their grandmother marion robinson, the first lady's mother. they were followed by jill biden and by mrs. obama. >> ladies and gentlemen, the first lady of the united states, mrs. michelle obama. >> brown:
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